The beginning of winter can be hard on skin, and while we love our go-to skincare products, we all know the power of a weekly treatment. Sometimes, when it comes to a mask, it’s nice to go the DIY route (especially when your regimen is veering on the side of expensive as it is). By going the natural whatever’s-in-the-kitchen route, you’re able to switch up your treatment with the season and try something new without breaking the bank.
So, with the impeding holiday season around the corner, why not opt for something festive like a DIY cranberry face mask? Cranberries aren’t just good for your bladder, they are great for your skin since they come armed with antioxidants and give your complexion a natural glow. They firm up your skin while keeping it soft and can be used to fight acne. To help add some nourishment to your skin, honey gives your screen a great soft finish thanks to its hydrating properties, but if you’re not into honey, agave syrup is a great substitution since it has anti-aging properties and has been used holistically to help cure skin issues for centuries. Last but not lest, cinnamon will keep your skin plump by stimulating blood vessels and increasing natural circulation. It also removes dead skin, to keep your face looking fresh (and will make your mask smell even more like the holidays).
½ Cup of whole fresh cranberries (rinsed)
1 Tablespoon of ground cinnamon
2 Teaspoons of honey or agave syrup
1 Teaspoon of orange zest (optional!)
How to make the mask:
Blend all the ingredients together in a blender or food processor until smooth enough to spread over your skin.
Apply your mask to freshly cleansed skin a sink to freshly cleansed skin, avoiding your eyes. Let it sit for five minutes, before rinsing off with warm water. A word to the wise: Aboriginals use cranberries to stain items red for a reason! Do this mask in your bathroom or standing over your kitchen sink and avoid wearing anything that can be easily stained (and maybe opt for one of your darker towels instead of those stark white ones).
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